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Personal Details

Reference # 201-64448
Name Richenda
Nationality South African
Age 45
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st) and Afrikaans (2nd)


1.Do you have at least 1 years child care experience with contactable references?Yes
2.Do you have your own reliable child safe vehicle (ie seat belts all round) and a valid South African driving license?Yes
3.Have you completed your Matric or Gr.12 equivalent?Yes
4.Do you hold a valid First Aid/CPR Certificate?Yes
5.Is your criminal record clear (ie. no criminal record)?Yes
6.Are you in good health?Yes


Do you have a drivers license?Yes
If yes, do you have a vehicle?Yes
If yes, is your vehicle roadworthy?Yes
If yes, specify your transport (Specify year and model or public)2006 Nissan 1400
Do you have seat belts all round?Yes
Have you ever been in an accident where you were driving and it was your fault?No
In what year did you obtain your driving license?1992


Secondary Education
Lowveld High -1991
Tertiary Education

Headstart Mercy Montessori - Teacher education programme - 2002

Headstart Mercy Montessori - course in teaching 12 month - 3 years old - 2010

First aid TrainingYes, Expires 2019


Reference 1:

Period and reason for leaving

I taught at this school for the period from 2002 -2015.

I needed to fill up my emotional tank and complete my children story book. Needed to take a break.

Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?18 children, mixed gender, 1 - 3 years old.
What were your duties?Directress. ( Montessori teacher).

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingSince 2014 and still current
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?15 students per class. 2- 9 years old. Both genders.
What were your duties?All forms of creativity with art materials.

Areas & Availability


City Bowl
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
South Peninsula


Au Pair availability:

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Babysitting availability:

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Availability Questions

Full timeNegotiable
Part timeNegotiable


How many years of childcare experience do you currently have?Since 1993
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I baby sat and loved it. Studied it and taught for many years. I Love interacting with children and connect with them on a great level.  I would like to continue working with them on a part time basis for this year. I taught horse riding from 1993- 1995. And from 2011-2014. I am a qualified Montessori teacher.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?One years old.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I teach children´s creativity and art classes twice a week. Puppeteering. Dog walking. Children´s story book writing.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a childs life?I love their joyful nature and honesty. I enjoy my time in their company and the love and fun times we share. I love the positive impact I make in the lives of the children and their parents. I love giving.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?Singing, dancing, playing instruments, reading, all forms of creative expression, particularly painting and performing puppet shows for them.  I also love active play, swimming, ball games and running around with them.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would make sure the child is conscious, and lying in a recovery position while re -assuring them. Phone for an ambulance and their parents. If unconscious, call for help, practice CPR and wait for the ambulance to arrive.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?I was baby sitting and a child stuck a  giant peanut up her nose. I calmly took it out with tweezers. Another child leaped for the monkey bars at school and fell on her back. I calmed her down. Checked that she could move and I soothed her on my lap and got someone to phone the parent.
What is your approach to discipline?I set very clear boundary´s. I conduct myself in a loving and gentle manner and when needed I can be firm and consistent. I have attended positive discipline courses and depending on the child´s age, encourage co-operation by problem solving together. I believe strongly in displaying a mutual respect at all times.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would give the child their space to tantrum without giving the behavior too much attention. When the child has finished I would give them love and reassurance and allow them feel heard and important without being indulged. I am always present for them and work through difficulties as teachable moments.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would remind the child that we draw on paper and ask where they would like to sit. At the kitchen counter or at the table.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would say the doing of the homework is non - negotiable. When they do it is a choice I give them, eg. before lunch or after lunch and where they would like to do it. I would offer support and assistance when needed and encourage co-operation through their sense of self-empowerment by giving choices and respect.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?I am comfortable working with children of all age groups. I do not have much experience with teenagers and would welcome the opportunity to learn through that age group too.
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?I still teach art classes at my previous place of employment.
Do you have any children of your own? If so, how old are they?No
Please tell us a bit more about how you would describe yourself?I experience myself as a kind and gentle person. I am self-aware and am always striving to do my best. I am a fun and active person who has a tremendous love for children and animals and them for me.I engage with people and give them all of my attention. I like keeping busy and am very relaxed and joyful. I am a very open and loving person and like to help wherever I can. I am happy, generous and grateful, with countless lucky stars.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastFruit, yogurt, nuts/seeds, oats, honey.
LunchCous-cous and lentil salad, roast vegetables and home baked seed loaf, humus and tahini spread and salad greens.
DinnerSoup, stir fry and green salad, desert baked banana and dark chocolate.
SnackNut and fruit bars, raw cut vegetables with a yummy dip. freshfruit, wholewheat bread sandwhiches. Nut and seed crackers.
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with my children’s homework?Yes. I would enjoy helping children with their home work.
Are you willing to supervise friends of our children who are invited to our home while you are in charge?Yes definately. I encourage play dates.
Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities?Yes I would wait there for them.
What kind of outings would you organise for the children?I would take them to the beach. Nature walks. Planetariums and other places that is both fun and educational. World of birds, picnics etc.
What age appropriate activities would you do with the children aged 5 to 12 years old?Lots of creative activities, puppet shows, acting and dancing and yoga and swimming, horse riding. Reading and writing.
Are you happy to prepack lunches for children?Yes. I also have experience in catering.
Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual?Very.
What is your teaching style?I am very sterignostic. That is basically learning with your hands because Montessori is very tactile.
Why do you tutor/teach/facilitate?Just for the love of children and imparting a love for learning. I connect better with children than adults. At parties I always gravitate to the children.
Have you ever worked with/ taught children with disabilities? Can you give details on this experience?I did when I was studying equestrian science. It calms disabled children. I worked with a disabled boy who responded very well to my dog and I did dog therapy with him.
How can you help a child become an independent learner?To encourage the process instead of helping. Working on self esteem. Encourage them and allow purely independent learning. Constructive communication. Patience. Positive reinforcement.
How long have you been tutoring?Since 1999
What are your qualifications, certifications or credentials that assist you to tutor?I am a qualified Montessori teacher. I also studied drama for 2 years that help my style to be expressive, stimulating and fun.I attended some positive discipline courses and worked with children as horse riding and I am currently an art teacher.
What subjects and grades can you teach?I am qualified to teach children up to six years old. Montessori covers a very broad spectrum of subjects.
Have you worked before with kids or adults with learning or attention issues?Yes the little children that had ADD at the Montessori school and that had trouble to focus.  I also worked especially with them in the art classes. I currently teach a girl that is 5 years old and special needs in the art class.
How will you get a sense of a child’s learning or attention needs?I am very observant and intuitive. Given the activity, focus, body language it quickly becomes apparent. If they struggle to learn systematically I will find an alternative and stimulating way to teach them. Children learn quickly trough games and having fun. Through games I learned children faster to read. I teach them to see pictures in the letters. For instance, look at your mouth your mouth is round like the letter "o".
What specific strategies have you   found to be most successful when you start to work with a child?Establishing comfort, safety and support.
What kind of results can a parent expect to see, and what happens if my child doesn’t make progress?Progress is always a given and evident in results. A child that does not make progress has a teacher that has not find a way to teach him adequately. If a child does not have a natural aptitude for something they struggle with, you have to be more inventive. Children learn more if they play an active part in the process. They learn a lot quicker through movement.
What factors might interfere with achieving your tutoring goals for a child?Not being present myself and being to blame for impeding the child's potential and parents having too high expectations too quickly. For me learning is an unfolding process and not something that should be rushed.
How, specifically, would you help a child deal with the problem he’s had with staying motivated *or whatever emotional or behavioral issues your child has had?With children it is important to be understood. Ask the right questions for them to share. I did positive parenting courses which encourages the concept of making the child to feel loved and supported throughout the learning process.
How will you communicate with parents of children you are teaching or tutoring, and how often?

I think communication is very important. Finding the balance to always be on the same page. Schedule a little chat if things are very important. Expressing what I feel and them stepping forward. The parent's roll should not be interfered with. I am always available for parents.
How do you measure progress?
A general overview of what is happening going into one step to another in the child's natural progression. The information that children are able to impart around a certain subject. A big part of Montessori is about independence and display of enthusiasm around their abilities.
How will you work and communicate with a child’s teachers?

We can phone , email and I will meet with her if she wants to meet with me.
Can you tell me a little bit about your teaching philosophy?I believe working with children's emotions which are intrinsic and You have to be creative and be able to read the child to see what the child needs. Encouragement of the natural curiosity and motivation, because often if you want to learn something you have to learn at your own pace and entice them to draw their curiosity out. My style of teaching is very loving and calm and I set very clear boundaries.
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.My parents have been great roll models. I have a good relationship with them and my only sibling, an older brother. I see my brother every two years as he lives abroad in New Zealand. He is a CA.  My folks I see once or twice a month.  My dad was a builder and my mother a secretary but they are retired now. They live in Somerset west. Family is important and time shared a great joy.My dad retired when I was still a teenager so we have a very close bond because we spend a lot of time together.

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